Social Protection Programme
Read about the ITC-ILO’s Social Protection programme, its capabilities and its expertise.
The Social Protection Programme promotes and provides support for the ILO strategic objective “Enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all” by providing open training courses and organising tailor-made learning activities, both in Turin and in beneficiary countries, for ILO constituents, partners and stakeholders.
The programme furthermore advises ILO constituents and contributes to development cooperation activities, runs distance learning courses and, in conjunction with the ILO, designs and produces training materials that incorporate the most up-to-date information and experience of the ILO regarding social protection issues.
The Social Protection Programme of the ITC-ILO has three main components:
Social security. Courses focus on pension schemes, social security financing and governance, social health insurance, actuarial modelling, and the extension of social protection to excluded populations.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises every person’s right to social security, and there is a general consensus about the benefits that good social security coverage can provide. Yet, surprisingly, global estimates show that only one in five people have adequate social security coverage.
Countries around the world are engaged in debate over how they can best adapt their social security schemes to meet the needs of ageing populations, and the demands of globalization and changes in economic and employment conditions.
The ILO seeks to enhance the capacity of its member constituents, and particularly social security managers, to design appropriate social security schemes, and to manage and administrate these schemes more efficiently. Furthermore, the ILO aims to contribute to the extension of social protection especially to households in the informal economy and to vulnerable groups through the United Nations’ Social Protection Floor Initiative.
Occupational safety and health (OSH). Activities include basic OSH risk assessment, OSH management in the construction sector, management of OSH in enterprises and SMEs, addressing psychosocial factors through health promotion in the workplace in English, employment injury schemes and the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases as well as a postgraduate course on OSH in the workplace.
The ILO seeks to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases. These are estimated to kill over two million workers each year. In addition, the ILO aims to secure basic protection for all workers through international labour standards. It also works to enhance the capacity of member states and industry to design and implement policies that provide prevention and protection. The training incorporates the principles and experience of the ILO and the best practice of national institutions. It includes study visits to high-performance systems that show how improvements in OSH lead to higher productivity.
Participants include managerial and technical staff from government institutions, employers' organizations, workers' organizations and other civil society bodies. Most courses are tripartite. In addition, specific courses make employers' or workers' organizations better able to raise their own awareness and play an active role in OSH.
Furthermore, courses on “HIV/AIDS and the world of work” with a prevention and social protection perspective is offered.
Labour migration. A core course on international labour migration is offered in addition to training activities on specific themes, such as the extension of social security to migrant workers and their families, return and reintegration, and building statistics on migration.
The ILO has pioneered international Conventions regarding labour migration for decades, including the protection of migrant workers as part of its constitutional mandate, as well as the Decent Work agenda. The Resolution and Conclusions on Migrant Workers adopted in 2004 state that the ILO will place increasing emphasis on the importance of labour mobility in the global economy, and will focus on the need to address labour migration in all areas of ILO activity.
Migration is an important global phenomenon, with the number of migrants in the world estimated at 210 million in the year 2010. While labour migration can serve as an engine for development, the process of migration often leaves the migrant workers and their dependants in a vulnerable position. The training activities seek to contribute to the promotion of Decent Work for all migrant workers, and we adopt a rights- based and gender-sensitive approach in analysis and discussion.
The Social Protection Programme of the ITC-ILO provides a variety of services:
Open courses are offered by the ITC on a regular basis and candidates are invited to express their interest. Open courses have defined learning objectives and content and are delivered in English, French, Spanish, Arabic or bi-lingual. Most courses are blended and consist of internet-based learning and a face-to-face phase at the Turin Centre or abroad.
Tailor-made courses respond directly to the clients’ needs. Course content, duration, format and language are adapted to the expressed individual and organisational learning needs. Courses can be organised for groups of various sizes involving one or several organisations, sectors and regions.
Technical assistance projects focussing on capacity building are often designed and implemented in close cooperation with partner organisations. Project management services include all relevant aspects of technical, administrative and financial backstopping and reporting.
Training material development includes producing new training and learning products online or as publication for various target groups.
The Social Protection Programme of the ITC-ILO offers different course types:
Face-to-face training can be delivered on-site or based at the ITC in Turin/Italy, or a combination of the two.
Distance learning takes the form of platform-based online learning that allows participants to explore lessons within their own working realities through distance connections with experts, facilitators and peers.
Blended learning alternates on-line and face-to-face training activities to maximise the impact. External and internal evidence shows that blended learning tends to be more effective with successive phases reinforcing each other. Through blending on-line and face-to-face activities, participants are accompanied and supported over a longer period.